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Paleo is a relief

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 01, 2012 at 8:55 AM

All my life I have had problems with diarrhea and gas. TERRIBLE gas. I don't know, if someone of you have similar experience? i couldn't enjoy travelling, flying was the most terrible thing, all the time cramps in abdomen and no possibility for relief. I couldn't enjoy dating (that's very embarrassing confession for me), i couldn't enjoy nights beside my man. I had cramps and feeling of full abdomen 24/7. I was on a kidney ultrasound investigation and the doctor, who wanted to follow a common way of scanning (through the abdomen) couldn't see anything, because of "very high amount of gas in the gut". After two days of paleo/primal eating, I have gas only at night and in the morning. It's amazing. Really, it's for me like a wonder. I haven't been eating crap before, a lot of vegetables and fruit, some whole grain, sometimes something sweet. Not very much of gluten. No milk. I suffer from medium depression and I am on cipralex right now. I would like to ask you, if you have some experience with depression and if it went better, when you started paleo. Thanks very much for every answer!

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

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on January 12, 2013
at 03:05 AM

Agreed. Dangerous, overly generalized, and judgmental. C'mon, dude.

174916155b2b80a3c0e4af123a6811bf

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on November 01, 2012
at 06:14 PM

Great, diane, I am glad to hear it! Thanks for your answer

174916155b2b80a3c0e4af123a6811bf

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on November 01, 2012
at 06:13 PM

Thanks mimintzer! Yes, I tried to lower my dossage according to my consider and it wasn't very lucky solution.

174916155b2b80a3c0e4af123a6811bf

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on November 01, 2012
at 06:11 PM

Yes, i know what you are talking about, i thought it was "my normal" too. Very depressing. Thanks for encouragement

174916155b2b80a3c0e4af123a6811bf

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on November 01, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Thanks, this was really helpful

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on November 01, 2012
at 05:47 PM

This is ill-considered advice. Even if you are a doctor, you have not personally evaluated the OP and are in no position to recommend stopping or starting a medication. Please refrain from doing so.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on November 01, 2012
at 04:38 PM

If you want to stop taking the antidepressants please talk to your health care provider first. Stopping suddenly can lead to serotonin rebound syndrome, not pleasant, as I can tell you from experience.

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on November 01, 2012
at 01:30 PM

Thank you! I'm 64 and have never felt better.

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on November 01, 2012
at 12:04 PM

Just wanted to add that gas also comes from swallowed air. For people with anxiety and stress, that can also play a factor. Jean, I am on cipralex too, which helps, but managing stress is also important. And Jean, also try a completely low-FODMAP appraoch to Paleo, that should help.

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at 09:09 AM

I am so glad for you! that's amazing

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E773ca32b29508bae2055579a26afa98

on November 01, 2012
at 04:50 PM

As my blood sugar spikes have leveled out, so have the the anxiety spikes. Perhaps the brain has a protective panic button when reacting to the huge swings of blood sugar in the SAD diet.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 01, 2012
at 10:50 AM

Gas is the metabolic byproduct of intestinal bacteria feeding on what reaches your intestine.

The type of bacteria that inhabit your intestine (as well your ability to digest various carbohydrates, i.e. your genes) will determine how much gas is produced.

This is what you can change (in order of least difficulty):

  1. Your diet, as you already have done and observed the immediate benefit.
  2. Your gut bacteria - can be done with a gastroenterological procedure *
  3. Your genes - possibly in the next decade

*You somewhat change your gut bacteria population via your diet by effectively starving them of their preferred food

I know this doesn't answer your question on depression but I hope you find the knowledge empowering.

PS Be mindful that a significant change in diet may impact on the pharmaco-kinetics/dynamics of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and also may impact on your endogenous serotonin neurotransmission.

174916155b2b80a3c0e4af123a6811bf

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on November 01, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Thanks, this was really helpful

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on November 01, 2012
at 12:04 PM

Just wanted to add that gas also comes from swallowed air. For people with anxiety and stress, that can also play a factor. Jean, I am on cipralex too, which helps, but managing stress is also important. And Jean, also try a completely low-FODMAP appraoch to Paleo, that should help.

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on January 12, 2013
at 03:04 AM

Sounds similar to my issues- I suspected Celiac but had a negative endoscopy, but my symptoms do indeed seem to be gluten-related. Usually when I'm good about avoiding it, I don't really have "IBS" issues.

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on January 12, 2013
at 01:55 AM

I went low FODMAP and got a flat stomach within days. No gas either. Hope that's the answer for you :)

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on November 01, 2012
at 04:28 PM

The change in mood is one of the more miraculous effects of this diet that I've experienced. I know others who have gone off antidepressants, too.

174916155b2b80a3c0e4af123a6811bf

(30)

on November 01, 2012
at 06:14 PM

Great, diane, I am glad to hear it! Thanks for your answer

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on November 01, 2012
at 01:09 PM

Similar to you, I had life-long intestinal problems with gas, bloating, and constipation. Also, I had been treated for many, many years for depression. After cutting out grains (and some dairy) my gut problems improved immensely--no or little gas and rarely constipation. I ditched all the antidepressants about a year ago. I no longer feel depressed, just on an even keel. I hope it lasts. I also have noticed that I seem to be more aware of my surroundings (less brain fog?) when driving.

I did have to play around with my diet, though. I'm somewhat low FODMAP and only do goat or sheep milk dairy. I had some left-over cow milk yesterday and it hasn't caused any problems yet (I think). So play around with your diet and see what works best for you. Good luck and welcome to PaleoHacks.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on November 01, 2012
at 04:38 PM

If you want to stop taking the antidepressants please talk to your health care provider first. Stopping suddenly can lead to serotonin rebound syndrome, not pleasant, as I can tell you from experience.

174916155b2b80a3c0e4af123a6811bf

(30)

on November 01, 2012
at 06:13 PM

Thanks mimintzer! Yes, I tried to lower my dossage according to my consider and it wasn't very lucky solution.

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5c163d2dfadd7b29a1b694e79a59f4c2

on November 01, 2012
at 10:59 AM

You are on the right track. You owe it to yourself to keep going at least for a month following a strict avoidance of grains/gluten, sugar and dairy to prove to yourself that your gas issues are food related. I too had gas 24/7 and mistakenly I considered it to be "my" normal. I had periods of depression, irritability, and foggy thinking that at times were debilitating. I've been following a paleo diet since July 2012. The gas and bloating were the first things to go. I was amazed! My stomach felt flat for the first time in my life. I don't feel like I have to change my clothes after eating because my pants were too tight. The bouts of depression, irritability and foggy thinking are just now (4 months on paleo) melting away. I have a much better outlook and don't feel like I am having trouble focusing or putting two thoughts together. I also had to consider getting enough sleep. And upped my sleeping time from 6-7 hours per night to 8-9 hours per night. This is my new normal and I'm so grateful to have found paleo to be part of it. Get "Practical Paleo" at your local bookstore ... clear, easy to understand and it has good recipes too.

174916155b2b80a3c0e4af123a6811bf

(30)

on November 01, 2012
at 06:11 PM

Yes, i know what you are talking about, i thought it was "my normal" too. Very depressing. Thanks for encouragement

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7e36094a0f7a2fbad24290225405220b

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on November 01, 2012
at 09:05 AM

I never had a problem with gas but I did have the aches and pains of arthritis in the knees and fingers. They have gone completely! I can squat right down and up again with no trouble, which is better than my 30 year old daughter! I can't help with the depression but I am sure that paleo is the healthy way to go so I would expect you to get some relief.

174916155b2b80a3c0e4af123a6811bf

(30)

on November 01, 2012
at 09:09 AM

I am so glad for you! that's amazing

7e36094a0f7a2fbad24290225405220b

(2064)

on November 01, 2012
at 01:30 PM

Thank you! I'm 64 and have never felt better.

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on November 01, 2012
at 04:28 PM

My suggestion is to get off the anti-depressant ASAP. Take up exercise, meditation, or yoga in its place. And keep eating well.

Antidepressants are very bad for you, and are known to cause greater depression, suicide, and other terrible things.

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

(2411)

on November 01, 2012
at 05:47 PM

This is ill-considered advice. Even if you are a doctor, you have not personally evaluated the OP and are in no position to recommend stopping or starting a medication. Please refrain from doing so.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on January 12, 2013
at 03:05 AM

Agreed. Dangerous, overly generalized, and judgmental. C'mon, dude.

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